Dallas Sierra Club Calendar
Feb 26 (Sun) Day Hike on the Chisholm Trail in Plano
Meet at 10:00 AM at the Starbucks on 15th Street in Plano, right off Highway 75 in the big Barnes and Noble in the retail strip. The trail entrance is only yards away. We'll walk about 6 miles, I hope. It's a paved trail. Maybe we'll see some squirrels and birds. Bring some water and some munchies, as it'll be a long walk, especially if it's warm. It's beautiful and flat. Lunch afterward at On the Border, near the "end of the trail" at 15th and Highway 75 is an option. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902
Mar 4 (Sat) Pilot Knoll Trail Dayhike Highland Village, TX.
Come join us as we day hike 6 miles (10K) on the northern reaches of the Elm Fork. This is a packed dirt trail used by hikers and horse riders heading to Lewisville Lake. No pets, please. Bring water and a snack as we will be walking all morning. We will leave the trail head promptly at 9 AM. This will be an out and back to the vicinity of Pilot Knoll Park in Highland Village. To reach the trailhead from I-35E, take the Swisher Road (FM 2181) exit and head west approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto Old Alton Road. The park will be approximately 100 yards down the Old Alton Road on the left. No signup necessary just show up. The trail could be muddy so bring extra shoes. Optional lunch afterwards. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 940-231-8482
Mar 4-5 (Sat-Sun) Big Thicket National Preserve, Turkey Creek Trail
Big Thicket National Preserve is 112,250 acres of land and water spread over 7 counties in southeast Texas. It's a convergence of ecosystems which occurred here during the last Ice Age. in 1981, it was designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This trip is a 2-day 15-mile backpack hike of the Turkey Creek Trail from north to south, limited to 8 people. Leader approval is required before you arrive at the trailhead. Trip details will be sent to participants. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Pat Johnston Send Email 214-450-1342
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DIFFICULTY: Although rated "moderate" due to length, this is a relatively easy hike on flat terrain of a well maintained trail. Diverse views of Sandhill Pine uplands, mixed forests, floodplains, and bay galls can be found along this trail at different times of the year.
Mar 11 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up
Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard. Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee. Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy. Brunch afterwards. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-455-2115
Mar 11-12 (Sat-Sun) Beginners Backpack Trip in Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas
We'll hike a portion of the Little Missouri River Trail and the Viles Branch Trail in the Ouachita National Forest in SW Arkansas. Camp at Shady Lake Campground Friday night. Drive to the trailhead Saturday morning and hike about 6 miles to camp near one of many streams in the area Saturday night. Hike out about 4 miles on Sunday morning. This hike is rated moderate with a few hills and stream crossings. Some spots will be reserved for members of the January 21 Backpacking 101 class. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 940-231-8482
Mar 15 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
Tonight the Outings Committee meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, at 6:30. Anyone interested in outings is invited. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Mar 17-19 (Fri-Sun) Camp and Hike at Colorado Bend State Park
We've reserved the group campsite by the Colorado River for tent camping on Friday and Saturday nights. Drive to this park near Bend, Texas, west of Lampassas. This large park features miles of trails through environmental zones as varied as the creekside trails and pools of Spicewood Springs and the cedar breaks leading to Gorman Falls. Join a guided hike with a Sierra Club leader, hike on your own or simply enjoy lounging in camp. This overnight camp offers good opportunities to prepare for summer hiking and backpacking, besides adventures in itself. Families, couples and singles are invited. More information, including cost and sign-up information are in this PDF document. Coordinator: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224
Mar 18 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas. The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail. We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 9 AM, working until approximately noon. The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link. If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902
Apr 1 (Sat) Day Hike at Spring Creek Nature Preserve in Garland
Apr 6-9 (Thu-Sun) Paddling Trip On The Wild Neches River
It's time to get those dusty boats wet. This flat water canoe/kayak trip provides an opportunity for solitude while paddling the beautiful Neches River through the heavily wooded Big Thicket National Preserve in southeast Texas. The Neches River is considered by experts to be one of the top 10 flat water rivers in the lower 48 states. The trip starts at highway 1013 near Spurger and ends 39 miles downstream at highway 96 near Silsbee. The exact section paddled could change depending on river flow. Big Thicket Preserve is managed by the National Park Service. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446
The first day will be mostly a travel day. After a drive of about 290 miles from Dallas we'll meet late afternoon at our put-in. We'll go 2 or 3 miles down the river and find a home for the night. There will be an option to meet at an outfitter, leave our cars in his parking lot, and be shuttled to the put-in and back from the take-out. The next 3 days will give us a leisurely trip down the river and an early take-out for the trip home. If you want to see how fast you can get down the Neches this is not the trip for you.
You will need to provide your own boat, camping gear, and all the trimmings for 3 nights and 3 days on the river. You can rent a canoe or kayak from this same outfitter. You can find out more about this part of the Neches at this link. You can take an aerial tour here . You may have to click a small earth symbol in lower left.
You can see pictures from the last Sierra Club Neches trip here .
Apr 22 (Sat) Cedar Ridge Preserve Dayhike
Join us for a great time at one of the best dayhike places in the area. We will meet at the parking lot at 9 AM and hike about 6 miles (2 to 2.5 hours). Afterward, we plan to have lunch at a restaurant nearby. The Preserve is a not-for-profit natural habitat of 633 acres featuring 10 miles of hiking trails, a native plant nursery and butterfly gardens. Find your way to IH 20 in Dallas, just east of Grand Prairie and take exit 458 for Mountain Creek Parkway. Go south for a few miles and you will see the entrance to the Preserve on your right. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224
Apr 26 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 1
Come to a comprehensive and fun two-night class to help you navigate in the backcountry with map and compass. Part 1 is Wednesday night at 6:30. Part 2 is Thursday night at 6:30. Both sessions are upstairs at the Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane. The fee for the two-night class is $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. An optional field lab for class participants will be set on Saturday or Sunday. Pay in advance by clicking here or pay at the door. Bring a compass if you have one. If not, we'll have an extra you can use and we'll advise what to look for when you buy your own. Both sessions will run until approximately 9:00. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306
Apr 27 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 2
Join us for this second night of a two-part class that begins Wednesday, April 26. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306
May 26-29 (Fri-Mon) Texas Hill Country Explorapalooza
Join us on a superb exploration of the Texas Hill Country this Memorial Day weekend! Lodging options include a hotel in Burnet or your choice of tent camping or cabins at Inks Lake State Park. Walk the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, tour the LBJ Ranch, hike the hills at Inks Lake, go spelunking at Longhorn Caverns, dip in the Pedernales River and learn about the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. Leave the driving to us--we’ll ride in a comfortable sit-up bus for the duration of the trip. Sign-up information will be posted here in mid-February. Leader: Annie Wilson Send Email 682-232-4980
Jul 10-14 (Mon-Fri) Lost Park Loop Colorado
Backpack a loop route of 28 miles in five days in the Tarryall Mountains, Lost Creek Wilderness Area, Pike National Forest. The Lost Park Trailhead is 20 miles east of US Highway 285, near Fairplay and 3 to 4 hours from the Denver Airport. Drive or carpool to and from the trailhead on the weekends before and after the hike or make this a fly/drive. Camps will be at elevations of 9,000' to 11,000'. This remote, forested loop is characterized by granite knobs, a creek that disappears and resurfaces nine times and some great creekside campsites. Due to duration and altitude, backpacking experience is recommended. Express interest by phone or email to receive details and registration forms. The outing is limited to two parties of twelve, hiking in opposite directions. Sixteen people are have committed to the trip to date. There's no fee for this outing--just personal expenses for getting to and from the trailhead. Registration and approval are required. Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Aug 31-Sep 5 (Thu-Tue) Pecos Wilderness, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico
The 2017 Labor Day weekend backpacking trip goes to the Pecos Wilderness. This high basin rimmed by the "Divide" is forested with firs and aspens and it's one of the treasures of the southern Rockies. We'll have four days of hiking and three nights of camping--time to explore highlights and hidden gems of one of our favorite wild places. Save the dates. The sleeper bus will depart Dallas on Thursday night, arriving at the Cowles and Jacks Creek Trailheads Friday morning. We'll bring you home by 6 AM Tuesday. Contact: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Oct 13-15 (Fri-Sun) Fall Weekend at Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma - SAVE THE DATE!
Make Friday the 13th special and join us for this relaxing weekend of fall beauty in scenic southeastern Oklahoma. We have an entire group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse (yes, hot showers!) and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer Saturday hike options with Dallas Sierra Club leaders, ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile roller-coaster trail up, down and over the skyline ridges. The park offers additional activities, including paddling (rentals available), horseback riding and more. We also offer a Saturday night catered dinner option. This weekend is for singles, couples, families and friends -- a great event for all. Details and reservation information will be posted here in early August. Mark your calendar now! Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306